Pedestrians worry roundabout will make crossing St. Peters Road more dangerous

Charles Gibbs, left, and Linus Watts meet for a coffee nearly every day at Tim Hortons on St. Peters Road. Jerry Laird photo.
Charles Gibbs, left, and Linus Watts meet for a coffee nearly every day at Tim Hortons on St. Peters Road. Jerry Laird photo.
By Jerry Laird
Jan. 15, 2015

Charlottetown city council plans to start constructing a roundabout at the intersection of St. Peters Road / Brackley Point Road / Belvedere Avenue intersection this fall, but some pedestrians have concerns.
Charles Gibbs said a roundabout will make it more dangerous for pedestrians at the crosswalk because the cars won’t be stopping for the light.
He said even now when crossing, because of the turning lane, the driver on the through lane will wave you through but a car coming up the turn lane won’t see you.
“ I just about gotter twice at that cross walk, one time the bumper was right up to my knee.”
Charlottetown public works supervisor Paul Johnston said they are aware of the dangers, but there is no firm plan in place.
“One option is to reduce the three lanes on St. Peters Road to two.”
Johnston said the roundabout is fourth in the city list of priority projects and there are water main and sewer upgrades ahead of the roundabout.
“The funding may not even be available this year.”
Johnston also said, the roundabout at Northridge Parkway/ Norwood/St. Peters intersection is in provincial jurisdiction and even though it is slated priority five for the city it may take priority.
“ If the province decides it should be, our portion of the funding will have to be redirected there.”

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